Martin Wright - 5 marathons in 5 weeks to raise money for charity
Mark Mon-Williams - assisting an injured runner in the Langdale Horseshoe fell race
Norman Bush - recent V70 fell results incl. Gt Whernside
KCAC's 8m point to point fell race ...
(1 55:13 Lee Athersmith, Bingley) 11 58:40 Martin Archer 18 60:10 Jez Hellewell 30 64:50 Toni Melechi 74 73:36 Jann Smith 90 76:18 Jo Foster 99 79:08 Sharon Williams 100 79:44 Graham Breeze 122 84:22 Adela Reperecki 129 85:31 Debbie Lewis
71 40:57 Rob Cunningham 244 46:11 Chris Cunningham 417 50:21 Christine Cox 817 60:03 Greg Wright 1007 67:04 Rachel Cunningham
John Hayes reports ... By chance (well, in fact, with a bit of skilled manipulation on my part) we were up in the Guisborough area at the weekend which allowed me to take in this race on the Sunday. Sarah and I ran round the route at a leisurely pace on the Saturday. In many ways, this is the way to do it as the summit of Roseberry Topping (a sort of North Yorkshire Moors mini-Matterhorn) demands that you stop to admire the stunning panoramic view. The fell race itself sets off at a frantic pace and stays that way all the way through! It takes in lovely scenery around a great route and is run by very friendly local organisers. This makes the Three Tops something of a gem of a fell race which I recommend to all Harriers.
(1 65:21 Mike Fanning, Borrowdale AC) 70 86:16 John Hayes 103 96:22 John Coates
Ken Souyave reports ... after 2 1/2 hours of difficult mountain biking in Gisburn on Friday I decided to cross into Lancashire again to do this road race. A well organised event though not a particularly attractive route. Long ups and down make this a relatively difficult course but nothing severe. 350 runners with the winning time 33:30. I was 39th in 41:25 and nice to get back on the road after the interesting experience of Withins!!
First report from Dave Wilby ... Looks like a few Harriers were in the prizes at OMM: Hector Haines & Jack Wood in Elite (awesome!!), Stuart Pitches 6th in A class, Mark & Rebecca Mon-Williams in A class, Outi K plus Peter & Chloe Haines in B class. Probably more too. Grim day all day yesterday, better today. Toughest race of the year so well done to all.
Click here to read Mark's personal tale of pain ...
Rebecca and I had the great pleasure of running through beautiful Scottish woodlands with a pack of Ilkley Harriers yesterday afternoon– Stu Pitches plus Peter and Chloe Haines – as we descended from the penultimate control on the OMM. We even had Stu shouting “come on Ilkley” as we ran down the hillside – inspirational!The preceding 30 hours were distinctly less pleasurable... Rebecca had decided to set us a challenge earlier this year and signed us up for the A class in the OMM (I was thanking my lucky stars as we went around that she had made the decision and not me). We were allocated to the first start of the day so duly got on a bus in Comrie at 7am, were dropped off at St Fillans at 7.30 and walked uphill to the start for 8am. It was clear at this time that the conditions were going to be poor with low visibility, rain and a cold wind. But it wasn’t clear that these conditions were going to get much worse (to us or the dismal BBC weather site).
So off we set on our course. Bizarrely the planner had decided to make the A course a similar length to the elite on the first day. On Sunday we realised that the plan was to differentiate the courses by making the A course considerably shorter than the elite on day two. Of course the assumption in this plan is that people survive day 1 to get the benefits of a shorter day 2. Sadly this was a deeply flawed assumption with very tough terrain and dreadful weather conditions producing a terrible attrition rate!
Thus, Rebecca and I found ourselves suffering for 9 hours and 4 minutes on day 1 with the whole day feeling extremely tough – our simple strategy was to just worry about the next control and try and ignore the pain! We eventually finished and crawled into the camp exhausted, threw up the tent and shoved food down our necks. A couple of hours later we were shocked to find that we were lying in 15th place overall and 1st mixed couple – but most shocked that only 35 teams had finished (there were supposed to be 183 teams on the course!). Moreover, it was fantastic to see that Stu had a brilliant run to lie in 6th place and great to find superb results across the classes from Ilkley Harriers – Hector and Jack in 6th place on the elite, Dave in 14th position, Peter and Chloe first mixed team and Outi in the first ladies team on the B course plus Joyce and Nicky and Kevin and Rachael well up the rankings. Rebecca had been threatening to resign from running but the great IH results made us think we should probably turn up the next day (though we were petrified that it would be more of the same).
Day 2 was mercifully a very different kettle of fish – the weather was clement, our course was much shorter (though Rebecca’s initial delight at the start line was destroyed when it became apparent that they’d given us the D class map by mistake). The start was 1.5km from the camp and we didn’t allow enough time so we were still packing our kit as our race started – this also caught out Peter and Chloe who started a few minutes after their allocated slot. Rebecca and I were being chased by Colin Brash and Jo Schrieber who were the second mixed couple 6.5 minutes behind. This made for an exciting day- especially as they caught us on the way to the fourth control (which necessitated a very horrible race up an extremely steep heathery slope with frantic glances between teams). We were fortunate enough to steal a minute from Colin and Jo on this ascent and then ran scared all the way to the finish. Sarah Rowell had advised us that the race would be won or lost on navigation so we tried to hit everything cleanly which ultimately culminated in us meeting the pack of Ilkley Harriers and managing to cross the line ahead of Colin and Jo (though not 100% certain of this until sometime later when the results came up).
So that was our experience of the OMM. We were absolutely delighted with our final position but it will be many years until we stop waking up in a cold sweat remembering the horrors of day 1! It did feel great to see the harriers so well represented at the OMM – particularly good to see Jack Wood do so well in his first OMM outing (the fourth team on elite actually mis-punched on day 1 and somewhat inexplicably were reinstated - so my own feeling is that Hector and Jack have a strong claim to be counted as the 6th team on the elite). Rebecca has sworn never to do the A class again - so looks like it’s the elite course for us next year...
Elite 7 12:39:07 Hector Haines & Jack Wood A Class 6 12:28:40 Stuart Pitches + 1 13 15:22:52 Mark & Rebecca Mon-Williams 1st Mixed team B Class 14 12:12:53 Outi Kamarainen + 1 17 12:30:19 Peter & Chloe Haines 2nd Mixed team C Class 26 12:52:54 Joyce Marshall & Nicky Jaquiery Long Score 64 12:41:27 Kevin & Rachael Gooch
Any I've missed?
Full results here ...
Ladies (1 24:53 Laura Kirk, Skyrac) 8 26:35 Sally Morley 18 27:56 Emma Barclay 20 28:03 Diane Haggar 27 28:40 Helen Thurston 38 29:22 Sally Malir 47 30:20 Kate Archer 48 30:22 Alison Bennett 84 34:01 Sue Morley 94 37:51 Bernie Gibbons 96 39:17 Gemma Carpenter 99 45:01 Lyn Eden 4th team Men (1 32:42 Simon Deakin, Leeds City) 50 38:09 David Westhead 57 38:47 Jim Ryder 74 39:36 Jamie Hitchinson 81 40:02 Ian Rowbotham 87 40:25 Dave Cummings 109 41:41 Mark Iley 154 45:29 Adam Bennett 167 47:38 George Elmes 173 48:44 Peter Shields 179 50:02 Nic Mellor 183 51:40 Eric Morley 189 55:34 Jim Towers 8th team
Amongst the many fine junior results, Georgia Malir won the U17 race, Sarah Pickering was 3rd U13 with Ilkley 3rd team, and Francis Westhead and Ilkley won the 1st race of the day, in the U11 race.
Report from Alison Weston... Ilkley Harriers fielded a good number of runners back at Kettlewell today for the Great Whernside race which was the Yorkshire Championship race this year. No Yorkshire Championship medals for Ilkley but good results none-the-less, with special mention to Norman Bush taking 1st Vet 70 (and also Vet 60 I believe).
49 39:17 Nick Pearce 75 41:38 Richard Joel 82 42:27 Norman Bush 108 44:56 Paul Stephens 110 45:05 Chris Oxlade 117 45:42 Alison Weston 121 45:56 Sarah Haines 122 46:02 Will Buckton 126 46:11 Neil Smith 142 48:43 Clare Smith 149 50:05 Val Kerr 167 57:15 Sophie Brown
This was a IH League race.
Photos on woodentops.org.uk
Henry Heavisides finish 9th out of 274 runners in 18:49 at Leeds Hyde Park
At Middlesbrough Albert Park, John Marshall was 92nd out of 323 in 24:05, and Linda Marshall was 197th in 28:40
Lots of Harriers young and old at the first of the Woodentops races. Lots of photos on woodentops.org.uk, our results below .. (we hear we missed the ladies team prize by just 1 point).
15 47:59 Steve Turland 39 50:56 Jim Ryder 59 52:52 Nick Pearce 139 59:01 Sally Malir 150 59:35 Peter Haines 153 59:47 Paul Stephens 163 60:21 Kelly Harrison 167 60:34 Sarah Haines 175 61:07 Kate Archer 177 61:12 Ken Souyave 180 61:19 Sharon Williams 183 61:50 Alison Weston 188 62:08 Jann Smith 245 66:46 George Elmes 260 67:49 Andrew Jackson 265 68:19 Chloe Haines 275 69:37 Adela Reperecki 284 71:17 Sue Morley 291 72:21 Sophie Brown Amongst the many junior results ... Tom Robertshaw was 3rd U8 Sarah Pickering won the U12 girls Lucy Williamson was 2nd U14 girl Georgia Malir was 2nd U16 girl
An intrepid band of Harriers popped over to Barcelona ... read Sue's snippet.
Marathon 157 4:11:08 Martin Wright Half Marathon 56 1:23:33 Andrew Merrick 236 1:30:55 Alex Hirst 456 1:35:46 Nigel Tapper 526 1:37:06 Stephen Rhodes 580 1:38:09 Phil Hirst 708 1:40:33 Jane Bryant 805 1:42:11 Helen Horton 1017 1:45:44 Charles Oxtoby 1631 2:00:52 Matthew Rutter 1634 2:00:53 Sue Bickerdike 1750 2:07:41 Emma O'Looney 10k 832 49:27 Anna Nolan 1780 58:00 Jacqui Weston
This was Martin's 4th marathon in 4 weeks, just one more to go though to make '5 marathons in 5 weeks' raising funds for Cancer Research UK, more on the forums
John Coates was 29th in 41:31 at this Ogden race.
193 28:00 Gemma Carpenter
From Neil Smith ...
The Lakeland Classics Trophy was established in 2002 with the aim of
encouraging participation in long category A Lakeland fell races. Six
races are included: Duddon Valley, Ennerdale and Wasdale (categorised as
Super Long), and Borrowdale, Three Shires and Langdale (usually
categorised as Long, although Borrowdale was classed as a Super Long this
year since the date for Ennerdale and Duddon clashed). Three races count
towards accumulated points but at least two must be Super Long races.
Points are awarded based on finish times rather than positions.
Ilkley was 16th team this year, with points from Duddon Valley, Borrowdale
and Langdale counting.
Clare Smith was 15th in the L/LV40 category, having also run at Duddon, Borrowdale and Langdale.
From Sally Malir ...
Georgia Malir had another fantastic run on Sunday in The English
Schools fell running championships. Georgia ran her heart out to gain
a FRA bronze medal against some very stiff competition, she even fell
in some woods and had her shoe fall off but let nothing deter her from
receiving a medal!
The races were in Cockermouth Cumbria and involved juniors from years 7 to 13. There were 340 competitors and all courses were testing. Georgia's race was 4 miles long with steep climbs and muddy decents. She was 3rd girl, 23rd overall out of 76 boys and girls years 10 and 11.
Martin Wright reports ... I'm tired! Just two more to go though to make '5 marathons in 5 weeks' for Cancer Research UK, more on the forums
642nd in 4:16:39
Jez Hellewell reports ... What a lovely little event. Went up with my son, Jacob, Toni & Tilly Melechi. Turn up, your name goes in to a hat & teams of three are drawn out randomly. I was drawn with Tilly & a lady called Kate from Wharfedale Harriers. Toni was with Logan Hargreaves & another chap from Wharfedale. Jacob was with "an old man & an old lady" as he put it. I did explain about the taking part etc. Anyway, Logan took his team into an early, & ultimately unassailable, lead. Toni had too big an advantage as I started the ascent & all I could manage was to move up a place in to 2nd as Toni & his team took the glory. Tilly & Jacob both ran very strong legs on what is a very short & sharp little course. Tilly has come 2nd two weekends on the trot now & seems to have got the race "bug". Neil Chapman has been tentatively trying to get Tilly to race for about two years now & it looks like he's finally cracked it. Not many teams entered, but it's not often you get the chance to race against your 11 year old son on the fells, so very pleased to have gone up to Malham for this one. Well done to Norman Bush who looked fresh as a daisy trotting down to the finish! Bofra.co.uk
From Alison Frost ... Palma de Mallorca Half Marathon
A wonderful well organised race and all round great experience in the
sunshine. What better way to spend a sunday morning followed by cava and
206th place in 1h56:08 (49th F40)
Sharon Meadows reports ...
Another beautiful day for this sometimes scenic, sometimes not 50 mile trail race. This is a really well organised race with lots of food and drink stations and a meal at the end, everyone is very friendly making this an ideal event if you are thinking of doing your first 50. The terrain is mainly track and fields with a bit of road and it's slightly undulating not too hilly, so it's very runnable.
Sharon Meadows: 10h40
Amanda Parnaby: 13h14
20th in 3:53:26 Ilkley Harriers AC Senior Men's 'A' 36:48 (17th), 1:24:24 (38th), 1:11:34 (20th), 40:40 (8th) Dave Wilby/Jamie Hutchinson/Mark Mon-Williams/Jack Wood/Lee Morley/Tom Adams 73rd in 4:25:43 Ilkley Harriers AC V40 Men's 'A' 43:46 (88th), 1:26:34 (50th), 1:25:35 (89th), 49:48 (65th) Steve Weston/Derek Fuller/Jim Ryder/Eddie Winslow/Duncan Cooper/Nick Pearce 84th in 4:33:20 Ilkley Ladies Open A (5th ladies team) 44:02 (93rd), 1:38:36 (117th), 1:18:23 (53rd),52:19 (83rd) Kelly Harrison/Sally Malir/Emma Barclay/Helene Whitaker/ Tracy Greenway/Sally Morley 121st in 4:58:24 Ilkley Ladies Vet 50:27 (151st), 1:37:28 (112th), 1:28:54 (104th), 1:01:35 (164th) Clare Smith/Nicky Jaquiery/Alison Eagle/Rebecca Mon-Williams/Alison Weston/Jann Smith 182 teams took part
96 John Marshall 23:55
Well done to Shirley Wood, who was presented with a top award for 'Services to Volunteering' by England Athletics. Shirley is, of course, the driving force behind our massively popular and succesful junior section at Ilkley Harriers, but has also helped support junior athletics more widely through her work with the Bradford Athletics Network.
Diane Haggar reports... a great start to the Cross Country season. The ladies took 5th team led in by Sally Morley in 9th place, followed by Emma Barclay, Diane Haggar & Sally Malir. Altogether 12 Ilkley ladies finished - well done all. Our men were an excellent 6th team led in, yet again, by Tom adams in 5th place. See you all again on 29th Oct at York...
Our juniors put on an outstanding show: Georgia Malir (U17 girls), Sarah Pickering (U13 girls) and Francis Westhead (U11 boys) won their races. The U11 boys won their team event, the U13 girls were 2nd team and the U15 girls 4th. Ilkley scored teams in 5 of the 8 age junior events (see report on the junior pages)
Full results now available here.
Ladies (1 22:18 Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth) 9 23:41 Sally Morley 15 24:47 Emma Barclay 23 25:18 Diane Haggar 40 26:02 Sally Malir 41 26:06 Helen Thurston 48 26:19 Helene Whitaker 49 26:23 Alison Eagle 55 27:24 Kate Archer 59 27:48 Jane Bryant 66 28:01 Alison Bennett 80 29:29 Sue Morley 99 29:33 Bernie Gibbons 5th team Men (1 29:33 Simon Deakin, Leeds City) 5 30:58 Tom Adams 61 35:20 David Westhead 76 36:24 Jamie Hutchinson 81 36:41 Jim Ryder 85 36:54 Ian Rowbotham 90 37:11 Steve Coy 94 37:20 Mark Iley 96 37:25 Dave Cummings 108 37:59 Malcolm Pickering 172 42:20 Arthur Reilly 186 43:27 George Elmes 199 45:01 Peter Shields 210 48:09 Jim Towers 211 48:25 Eric Morley 6th team
Adela Reperecki reports ... A few Harriers took part in the Chester Marathon:
222 3:19:05 Rob Cunningham 1065 4:00:08 Roddy Macdonald 1206 4:06:34 Dougie Scarfe 1232 4:08:26 Adela Reperecki 1250 4:09:23 Debbie Lewis 1659 4:29:35 Martin Wright
Toni Melechi reports ... A baptism of mud, wind and rain awaited Tilly Melechi on the Oxenhope fells. In her first ever outing in a Harriers vest, she finished first U14 in the three-mile race, only 1 second behind the winner of the senior ladies.
(1 21:09 Simon Bailey, Mercia) 23 27:31 Toni Melechi 25 27:33 Tilly Melechi 32 29:29 Graham Breeze
From Ken Souyave ... the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run is a large well organised event on a relatively flat course but with a sting in the tail with 2 climbs in the last K just when at your weakest. Slight headwind out but the rain held off. I ran 40:59 and was first vet 60. Didn't spot any other Ilkley Harriers. This would be a good event for the regular 10K road runners as similar to Abbey Dash.
Dave Wilby reports ... 14m/4000ft, offering one of the finest courses in the fell running calendar, the Langdale Horseshoe is the traditional end of season farewell to the long lakeland races. It proved as popular as ever this year, with 500 entries being taken in advance, including a bumper crop of 16 Harriers all up for the challenge. A terrible weather forecast may have curtailed a few ambitions, but those that turned up were treated to a gruelling yet glorious race requiring the full range of fell running skills. The weather was largely fine on the day, although the course was frequently shrouded in mist, and the underfoot conditions were soggy to say the least. A combination of soft boggy ground, and greasy boulder fields saw a large number of competitors returning with superficial war wounds, and a couple with slightly more serious injuries, but luckily the Harriers seemed to get off reasonably unscathed and all I spoke to had enjoyed their day out.
The winner was Carl Bell who has been a revelation this season on the fells, and who ran clear of the pack on the final descent. The ladies were led home by Hazel Robinson who had a comfortable gap at the finish. All Harriers acquitted themselves very well indeed with the ladies taking 2nd team, but a special mention must go to Mark Mon-Williams who sacrificed his own race to go to the aid of a seriously injured runner
Scores on the doors were:
(1 2:09:13 Carl Bell, Howgill) 10 2:17:14 Dave Wilby 29 2:33:50 Jack Wood (40 2:36:57 Hazel Robinson, Ambleside) 68 2:47:12 Stuart Pitches 69 2:47:13 Andy Brook-Dobson 115 3:02:54 Alistair Barlow 189 3:21:51 Rebecca Mon-Williams 211 3:24:58 John Hayes 215 3:25:27 Kelly Harrison 234 3:34:58 Clare Smith 235 3:34:59 Neil Smith 238 3:36:26 Dick Waddington 331 4:23:30 Jane McCarthy
Full results are available at www.amblesideac.org.uk
Over 620 Primary School children competed in the first race in the Wharfedale Primary Schools XC League, including many junior Harriers and their litle brothers and sisters, and many from Harriers families. Results on the junior pages.
Commiserations to the ladies' team - running well enough for 3rd place but for a punching error? resulting in disqualification.
We've had an unlucky few years on IHMR, with the men's team suffering injury last year.
But well done to everyone on strong runs. Hopefully a full report in the newsletter.
Results from SportIdent.
37 5:03:09 Ilkley Harriers 32 43:43 Steve Weston, Iain Gibbons 42 1:33:39 Jack Wood, Lee Morley 44 1:22:30 Jamie Hutchinson, Mark Mon-Williams 19 1:23:17 Tom Adams, Dave Wilby Ilkley Harriers Ladies DSQ Kelly Harrison, Helen Ilsley 48 1:37:50 Sally Morley, Emma Barclay 55 1:25:06 Alison Weston, Nicky Jacquiery 36 1:29:36 Andrea Priestley, Helene Whitaker
892 3:58:20 Martin Wright 1598 4:33:15 Abigail Bailey
Results are online ...
19 1:29:29 Andrew Merrick 2nd V50 57 1:37:34 Duncan Cooper 132 1:47:20 David Howe 181 1:52:44 Chris Cunningham 204 1:54:32 Tim Ratcliffe 238 1:58:02 Sue Bickerdike 237 1:58:04 Nick Page 272 2:00:18 Paul Sugden 298 2:03:28 Michelle Snow 385 2:11:10 Emma O’Looney
31 69:54 Nick Pearce 3rd V50 126 79:17 John Dillon 173 84:34 Nicole Dillon 185 85:49 Nicholas Mellor 225 89:40 David Cockshott 236 90:42 Hilda Coulsey 2nd LV55 361 106:22 Helen Turner 5 mile race 3 32:36 Steve Coy 22 43:24 Alison Ricci 50 52:59 Sally Wright 2 mile race 13 13:53 Dominic Coy 3rd U10
Henry Heavisides reports ... it was a bit too hot to run a half marathon today in Brussels (28 degrees), but nontheless 5261 people completed the course. I was 201st in 1:31:02 (3rd M55) - just happy to get round without dehydration or injury.
Val Kerr reports ... this hilly trail race covers 17.1 miles of the 30 mile Sandstone Trail in Cheshire. Most of the 2150 ft of ascent takes place within the first 7 miles where the long distance footpath follows the sandstone ridge through deciduous woods and past two historic sites, Peckforton and Beeston castle. The A race then joins up with the shorter 10 mile B race at Beeston to follow the footpath over fields for the next 5 miles, with runners having to negotiate many stiles and kissing gates along the way. The race has a final sting in the tail at 12 miles, with several smaller but significant climbs, mainly on loose sand worn away from the sandstone, before dropping down to the finish in Delamere Forest. I had my own personal reasons for doing this race and was pleased to get to the finish on what turned out to be a very warm and humid day.
(Winner 1:52:37) 131 2:52:59 Val Kerr
Bradford Lister Park 2 19:10 Georgia Malir 1st lady 10 21:19 Sally Malir Leeds Hyde Park 120 24:22 John Marshall